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August 25th 2015

Giveaway Announcement: 3 free registrations to Eyes Open Creative Photography E-Course

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If you’ve followed along here for any length of time then you’ve likely heard me rave about how much I love the Eyes Open Creative Photography E-Course  that Chris and I took together a few years back.  As I’ve shared previously, completing the e-course is what enabled us to hone our photography skills and really take Floret’s blog, website and social media posts to the next level.

Erin Little is the talented photographer and blogger, who created the course.  I’ve admired her work for many years, as she has a great eye for capturing everyday life in such beautiful, creative and compelling way. The approachable style and flexible format of Erin’s e-course made it easy for me to finally understand all of the photography terms that I previously found so intimidating and confusing.  I recommend the course to everyone who attends a Floret on-farm workshop and anyone who is looking to up their game when it comes to taking great photos.

Want a chance to win a free registration to the next course that starts August 31st?  I’m giving away free registration to THREE lucky Floret readers this week.  To enter, simply post a comment below before FRIDAY AUGUST 28th at 5p.m. PST.  In your comment, share what camera you use to capture most of your photos–whether it is a simple camera phone or a fancy DSLR camera or anything in-between.  Be sure you leave your email address when prompted so we can contact you if you win. The three winners will be announced on Saturday August 29th.

Erin has graciously offered a $30 discount code to the already super affordable class for Floret readers who register for the the next The Eyes Open e-course. Simply include the coupon code: floretfall2015 at the checkout to receive your discount.

082A1804I asked Erin to share a little bit more about herself and the upcoming course.

Erin B:  Can you tell Floret readers a little about yourself, your life and your photography business?

Erin L:  I am a professional photographer living on the coast of Maine, which sounds really romantic, but it’s really just cold. We spend most of the year in multiple feet of snow, in down jackets, and with a fire roaring in the living room. But when it’s summer, we are all on the ocean doing various things like swimming, boating, sailing, and picnicking. It’s pretty fantastic and I think what keeps us all here through 9 months of cold!

My family and I live in an old church that I converted to a home and studio, so when I’m not on location for a shoot, I get to work at home which is great. I shoot mostly commercial and editorial work at this point, both small and large clients, and also a limited amount of weddings. My focus is lifestyle photography, which means I capture authentic and genuine moments instead of the more posed set ups.

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Erin B:  How did the E-Course come about?

Erin L:  Before I wrote the e-course, I had many readers of my personal blog e-mailing me and asking questions about photography and equipment, and how to make their photos look more professional. I always wanted to write out more elaborate answers, but it was hard to find the time to do so. Eventually, I started thinking about how nice it would be to have a page I could write to direct them to.

During a difficult transition in my life, where I had to get creative with my income, I thought of the idea of writing out a course that people could take to learn my craft the way I would have wanted to learn: in a natural, less technical way.So the Eyes Open E-course was born about 5 years ago and I have had the pleasure of running about 3 sessions each year since! Depending on my schedule otherwise, I take a certain number of participants in each course. The more participants, the more time I spend critiquing, answering questions, etc. so I need to make sure I have the availability to devote the time and attention necessary to that.

I’ve had many students write to me who have learned so much from the course, can finally get their cameras out of auto and also added so much creativity to their lives! Also, a few of my students have gone on to start their own photography businesses and are thriving! Nothing could make me prouder.

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Erin B: You created a special section just to help floral designers and farmer-florists document their work for their portfolios–which is fantastic. Can you share a little about what you’re covering in the course?

Erin L:  With the many florists who have taken my course, my goal is to teach them how to be their own business photographer, so they can share beautiful images of their beautiful creations on their websites and social media. You are  just one of the many who have made this happen!

Since I initially started this course for aspiring photographers, I felt it was lacking information specifically for floral designers who are interesting in mastering the art of floral photography. So I added a mini-lesson as a part of the course just for them. It covers things like the best photographic settings for florals, how to set up a mini studio so you can shoot them right in your own home/work space, and also a bit about lighting.

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Erin B:  Ok, so what are the details for your next e-course?

Erin L:  The next e-course starts on August 31st and runs for 6 weeks and costs $150. Each week there is an email sent out with links to the login page which has been updated with the current week’s lesson, interview, and video. There is also a weekly challenge sheet to get the participants practicing. In addition, a private Flickr group is created just for members of each course where they will upload their photos, get personal feedback from me, ask questions, and interact with others. The course is designed to be relaxed and not require a ton of their daily attention. I always tell students that it’s more of a guideline than schedule, and if they need to be leisurely about it, that’s okay.

Erin B:  Thanks so much for sharing more about this great course and for the generous discount for Floret followers!  Enjoy the rest of your summer in beautiful Maine!

247 Comments

  1. My Love Light Lace on

    Not only would I love to win this course but I would also love to feature your website on my blog for the Romantic Heart! Such loveliness!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Carrie Lynn
    MyLoveLightLace.com

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  2. Liz Evans on

    I use the camera on my HTC smart phone (takes quite good photos) as well as a small Panasonic Lumix with 28mm wide angle zoom lens. To be able to participate in this course would be both timely and wonderful for me! As a florist based in Melbourne (Mornington Peninsula), Australia I have been trying to think of ways to inject more sustainability into the industry… after much research & discussion I am about to set up a charity (Second Bloom) here in Melbourne where ‘gently used’ donated flowers will be ‘recut, re purposed & recycled’ and gifted as small bouquets to people in nursing homes, hospice and long term care facilities. The donations will be from weddings (I already have commitments to donate from wedding couples this coming November), memorial services, event planners, florists, corporate parties, gardeners, or any special event. The ability to promote this charity and keep people up to date using quality images on webpage/blog /Facebook/ instagram will be critical to its success. I would LOVE this opportunity as I will need all the help I can get to encourage donations & as well find volunteers to carry out this dream. Thank you so much! .. ♥ Lizz

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  3. Jan Trivett on

    Erin, I just found Floret Flowers a few weeks ago after the wonderful article in Country living. We have been drooling over your workshops and flowers at work. I work one day a week at a small new floral shop on the coast of NC, wild by Nature and an helping My wonderful friend Robin with just about everything. She is teaching me the tricks of the trade and I am sharing the flowers and greenery from my garden to augment the looser arrangements. The opportunity to learn more to shoot her wonderful arrangements and events would be spectacular and a return gift to her for all her generosity. I shoot with a Nikon d 60 and also use a Nikon with film. My forte has been native flowers, but I would love to bring her best to others. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  4. Toni Colvin on

    I usually take photos with my phone because it’s so much easier to upload them, but I also have a Nikon D60. I would love to learn how to use it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. Kate Edwards on

    I use my iPhone 5c for photographs, it is great for close ups but not so much for landscapes! I would love to take the e-course, it’s so great to be able to access such a great course from Australia!

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  6. Miggs on

    I have a Nikon but with my iPhone 6 so handy I find myself snatching photos of my garden, flowers, dog, life in the moment. Getting past freezing up on deciphering settings on my Nikon would improve my game, photos and my iPhone storage!

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  7. Shayla Ambrose on

    At this time I simply use my iphone, but would still love to learn more about the art of photography. I mean Christmas is coming, maybe Santa will pack me a camera on his sleigh.

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  8. Erin M. on

    I use my cell phone camera, because that’s what I usually have on me, and I love posting to Instagram. I also find it super convenient for documenting the quickly passing days of my kids!

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  9. Windy on

    I use a Nikon D80 and my iPhone 6

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  10. Marlene on

    I use a DSLR 3100 Nikon and I am just starting to take pictures of flowers and trees. I have so much to learn but love every step of the way………..M

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  11. Erin Dalton on

    Canon 20D, mostly using a 50 mm/1.4 lens with it. The link I provided has all of my photos from this year of documenting the flower farm I work for! Would love to get some new ideas from this course.

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  12. Jess McEwen on

    I’ve had this course on my wish list for a long time, since reading about it on this very blog before. I was using a very basic point and shoot but it has been sitting dusty in a draw for the last year becauase I was able to hire a part time deisnger who is also a professional photographer in her other job. Watchig her work is amazing and I would love to learn how to do even half of what she does, so am hoping to take the leap and buy a better manual camera to learn on. since she started I have felt rather embarassed to take any shots myself with anything other than my phone. My business has rocketed since she came on board, in much part due to the incredible photos I am able to put out there now, thanks to her. But I know I won’t get to keep her forever and so need to learn how to do this before she moves on. thanks for this opportunity Erin x2! hope I win but know many will enter for such a great gift :)

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  13. Kerri Boland on

    I use a Nikon D3000 for most of my pictures, but would love to spend some more time shooting in manual mode!

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  14. Gillian McCulloch on

    I take photos every day to try and capture the beauty of nature, the flowers in my garden and the wild creatures. My camera is a Canon 50D and I would like to learn how to set up a styled shoot with country themed props to suit my blog. Thanks very much. Gillian

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  15. Adri Smith on

    I use my iphone:) I am terrible at taking pictures, and I really want to step up my Instagram game. Help!

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  16. Lori Walker on

    I’ve been so jealous of the talent others have in this art form. I’d love to learn tips & tricks to add this talent to my portfolio.
    Thanks,

    Lori Walker
    Svedin’s Nursery

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  17. Ali Donnelly on

    I shoot with a Nikon F3 35mm film camera, a Nikon D700 digital and my iphone. Photography, floral design, gardening and my family are what keep me ticking. I started a floral design company this year and been documenting for my business Redwine’s Floral. I love connecting and engaging with the world with my camera. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity! https://instagram.com/allisonstray/

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  18. Bethany Joy on

    Oh wow! What a great interview, would be so amazing to learn photography from a pro! I usually use my iPhone camera but sometimes get to borrow my mom’s fancy Nikon DSLR camera too if I have a major art project that needs photographing. I love love including flowers in my art photos too! Thanks for this opportunity and for sharing such a lovely resource with us!

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  19. Katie on

    Oh, I would love, love, love to take this course! I am an aspiring photographer who wants to take my skills to the next level! I have a few cameras.. A nice, cannon rebel XSi digital SLR, a ‘point and shoot’ digital Sony camera, and my iPhone. I love to photograph nature, flowers specifically, and bees! I spend lots of time photographing bees on flowers! I don’t know much about photoshop so I strive to get the perfect picture just through my lens. Thus, I have some hurdles and limitations. I totally want to know how I can take my photos to the next level. I also was a farmer florist until I had my baby, Nalin. He’s 5 months old now :) and while I still do some flower stuff, I am thinking more creatively about how to make money doing other things I love- photography is that! I can take my fancy camera on our walks and capture beautiful moments. Oh, please, I would love this opportunity to learn more about photography! This course sounds great and like it would fit into my routine nicely.

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  20. Lily Goff on

    I have an Olympus e-m10. I got it about 7 months ago. I really love it but wish I knew how to do more with it. I want to eventually buy more lenses as well. I enjoy it cause the screen can come out and flip up or down. I take a lot of photos of my own work but I attempt a lot of editing on them as well. Would love to enhance my photos with your guidance and get inspired through the eyes of others:)

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  21. Mackenzie on

    I got a beautiful Nikon DSLR for Christmas from my love and I really have no idea how to use it:) I just play around taking pictures of anything in nature and my sweet little dogs. I’ve managed to capture some great moments and would love to understand why & how I just took that cool picture and repeat it! Thanks Erin & Erin!

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  22. Caitlin Arnold on

    My partner and I run a veggie and flower farm in SW Washington. I’ve been taking photos for years, but would LOVE to take this course! I use an old Nikon SLR camera for film, and a Nikon D300 for digital.

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  23. Diane Walmsley on

    I live and breath flowers. Flowers have always been my passion and always will be. They just feed my soul. I am a florist and feel very lucky to have the ability to create something special to share and help warm the hearts of others. I live in N.Z. and am very fortunate to be able to grow a lot of my own variety of flowers. I am finding your blogs so inspiring, you capture the beauty of your flowers so perfectly. I would love to be able to do the same with mine. I also do window dressing and really struggle with taking a good photo of the finished result. Thankyou for giving us the importunatey to enter into this and have a chance of learning the techniques of being able to capture the true beauty of flowers. Diane

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  24. Diane on

    I’m currently using my IPhone6 and an old Canon Powershot digital camera. This class would help me advance my skills.

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  25. Diane G on

    I use my iPhone 5s because it’s always with me. I plan on retiring soon from the daily grind of higher education and need to reinvent myself. Maybe photography could lead me there! Thank you for your beautiful pictures and flowers.

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  26. Phillis Jones on

    I have been using my iPhone 6 to capture photos of my arrangements and bouquets as they head out the door. I really need help. What I’m doing definitely does NOT capture the true beauty of the flowers. I’d love to upgrade to a real camera but only if I had some help learning how to use it.

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  27. Diane G on

    I use my iPhone 5s, mainly because it’s always with me. As I’m looking to retire from the daily grind of higher education I need to reinvent myself. Photography might just help! Thank you for your beautiful pictures and flowers.

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  28. Andrea on

    I use a 10 year old Nikon D40x

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  29. Melissa D. SC on

    I am using an iPhone6. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  30. Rae on

    During this past year I have mainly been using my iPhone but occasionally I will shoot with my DSLR or Canon point and shoot.

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  31. Emily on

    iPhone only. I really doctor up the pictures with the filters and would love to get educated on the art of photography!

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  32. Kelley Keeler Short on

    I am a first-year flower farmer and I own a Nikon D3200 (but mostly I use my iPhone). I’m pretty sure that five year old son knows more about using my Nikon than I do — every time I turn around, he’s taking pictures with it! I would love to learn from Erin and pass on some tips to my son (oh, and use it for my business too).

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  33. Deanna on

    I use a Fujifilm FinePix S700. I’d totally love to be able to capture the beauty around here in photos.

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  34. Aaron Gaskey on

    I use a Canon Powershot SX500 to take perfectly functional photos, but nothing special. Would like to gain a little more understanding of all those other settings!

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  35. Andrea on

    I like to use my iPhone for ‘test’ shots and Instagram and I have a Nikon DSLR for everything else.

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  36. Inger on

    I have a Nikon D3300 and use my Iphone. Would love instruction before I travel to Norway!

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  37. Lauren Ketcham on

    At the moment I either use a Kodak EasyShare M575 or an iPhone, but would be interested in upgrading. Thanks!

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  38. Inger on

    I have a Nikon D3300 and use my Iphone a lot. Heading to Norway so would love some instruction!

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  39. Jesi on

    I use a Fujifilm X-A1 and I don’t pick it up as much as I should! A course like this would be perfect to help me get back in the swing of things!

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  40. Lucy Whitridge on

    What a generous giveaway! I have always admired your photographer’s eye, and would love to learn some of the same skills that help you to so tastefully capture the beauty of your land, family and flowers. I am taking your upcoming workshop in September, and am counting down the days until it begins! I have a Panasonic FZ200 that I know is loaded with great features, but I have no idea how to use it.

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  41. Sarah on

    I have a cannon rebel- but no idea how to use it! Your guidance would be amazing!!

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  42. Emily S on

    I shoot with my Canon EOS 60D and iPhone 6. After moving to Skagit Valley about 6 months ago and transitioning to working from home, I find I have so much more time for photography. Which is great except that I realize I never really learned how to use my camera! I am surrounded by some of the most beautiful places (and sunsets!) I’ve ever seen and just really want to be able to capture these moments in the way I see them. Thanks for this awesome opportunity Erin!

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  43. alison haberstroh on

    on vacation right now, and frustrated I can’t use my camera on anything but the auto setting!

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  44. Alison on

    I use a Canon T3i and my go-to lens for shooting flowers is the EF-S 15-85mm! Would love to learn more about how to use my camera to its full potential!

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  45. Diane Putnam on

    Ahh how I wish I had this course during my event/wedding career. So many wonderful back stage or set up photos missed! Just because so easy & always have with me, I take photos every day of flowers/foliages/ moss with an iPhone 4. I do have a Canon Power Shot G10 & FinePix S 7000 with several lenses. Oh do I need help! Flowers may be my love, but 7 grandchildren 7 yrs to 2 yrs are so much fun to photograph.

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  46. Cheryl on

    Kodak Z981. Been looking for a course like this for my teen daughter.

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  47. Nancy Norberg on

    My main camera is a Canon PowerShot SX100IS and I also use my iPhone 4S or iPad. I love to capture pictures of beautiful gardens and floral arrangements that I put together….Alway’s game to photograph better pictures and learn from others. t

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  48. Ingrid Rich on

    I have my ole trusty Samsung phone which I currently take pictures with and some ole digital camera forgotten and stuck in a drawer. As a florist and gardener it has always been important to me to capture the essence of flowers and gardens as they naturally are. I would love to learn some new ways of seeing my environment. This is ole dog is ready to learn a few new tricks.

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  49. Christine Sanderson on

    This sounds amazing!! I love photography but haven’t given it much attention lately. I mostly use my IPhone 5 but would love to learn how to properly use my Canon Rebel T4i.

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  50. Tracy on

    Trying to build the courage to go full-time manual on my new Nikon D7100. Now that I’m getting more gigs as a travel writer, I’m desperate to up my photographic game. Thank you for this chance!

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  51. Claire Mullen on

    I love my Canon EOS 500D so much but my iPhone seems to have taken over.

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  52. Teka on

    I currently use an Olympus Pen Mini EMP1 for floral-related projects. Developing my photography skills has been an ongoing pursuit of mine and I would be delighted to join this e-course! High quality photos are essential to preserving and sharing the ephemeral beauty of flowers. Thank you for this opportunity, Erin!

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  53. Betsy McCormick on

    I mostly use my iPhone and I have to borrow a SLR with a macro lens for shots of my flowers and veggies when I have the time. What a generous offer!

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  54. Lynn Killberg Thoreson on

    Thanks a bunch for sharing the info about this class! It looks awesome and seems like just what I need to move on from the Auto settings on my camera. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T4i.

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  55. Stephanie P. on

    Hoping I might have a chance to win the e-course, I have a great DSLR camera and have learned about 1/4 of its potenial. I love my annual garden shots – have photos of the same garden dating back to 1974. It’s a nice thign to have and look back on. Cheers and thank you for offering a chance to win!

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  56. Jenna on

    This has been on my wish list of things to do for quite some time! Erin’s course sounds fantastic. I’m an iPhone only photog, but only because a real camera intimidates me!!

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  57. Margaret on

    I have a Nikon D40, but let’s be honest…99% of my photos are taken on my iPhone :) Love your blog!

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  58. Jessica on

    I use my Cannon Rebel 3Ti when I’m being “serious” and my phone camera for most snapshots. It works out to be about 50/50 for which one I use.

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  59. Carla on

    I’ve heard raves about Erin’s course and would love to learn from her! Currently, I take most of my photos with my iPhone 5– but I have a Panasonic G5 sitting in my house. I don’t know he to use it!

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  60. Rachel Detweiler on

    I just use my smartphone to take pictures, then sigh when I look at them, wishing I had a real camera. If I ever want quality pictures taken I always have to beg my photographer friends and family! How nice it would be to take my own beautiful photos.

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  61. MARIA on

    I have a Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital and recently (after Floret workshop and Erin recommendation) I bought a 50mm 1.8 STM Canon EF Lens as I want or try to capture beauty of flowers the best way possible and as real as possible. I also take with lots of shots with my iphone5 it as it is faster and easier and can use them to share instantly in instagram or Facebook.

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  62. susan tietze on

    Lately my iphone but I do have a digital camera that I do use as well

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  63. Kelly Mendenhall on

    Right now I just use my iPhone 6. Takes pretty good pictures but I’d love to step up my game a little bit! Would love to have a chance at this opportunity. Thanks Erin!!

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  64. Randi on

    I finally started learning about an old Konica Minolta SRT 202 in my closet and am now in love with film photography. :)

    My second favorite camera is my handy camera phone!

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  65. Alison B on

    I have always loved taking photographs using my Pentax 35 mm but have had to join the digital world kicking and screaming! So I am trying to learn how to use my Canon Rebel T3i, it’s a little bulky so since my phone like everyone else is always with me I end up using it a lot, would really like to learn more about how my digital camera works would love to take your course! Thanks!

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  66. Heather on

    For photos, I move between a camera phone and a Canon EOS 70D digital with a EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Currently beginning to build up our small scale florist farm and would love some skills in capturing our work to support our marketing goals.

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  67. Canda Lepage on

    I’d love to win a spot in the e-course! I mostly use my phone but occasionally take out the Sony. When I’m behind the camera I feel the freedom to explore the world down to the tiniest detail. I just enjoy taking photos even if no one ever sees them.

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  68. Lauren on

    Oh I would love to participate in this course! I used to shoot all the time with my cannon T2i but have more recently lapsed back into just using my iPhone. Not nearly the same! I want to really capture the beauty of our homestead and future growing family. Thanks for the opportunity! I love your blog!

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  69. Janis Dolacky Jacobs on

    Trying to create a healthier lifestyle, my husband & I moved from the city and have been creating a “gentleman’s farm” we call Kea’s Crest … nic-named after our cockatoo, Kea. We share our home with rescue horses, sheep, chickens, cockatoo, macaw & our love bug Newfoundland. We’ve also been creating fields of lavender, growing grapes, dahlias, roses …. essentially a haven for us & the many souls we share our property with, who needed a home. I take photos about the farm with my iPhone 6 … & have purchasing a real camera on my “wish list!” Nature provides so much beauty, I would love to learn how to capture it in a way, & perhaps share with others … providing a moment of peace & joy … placing a smile on others’ hearts. It’s been a long time dream of mine to learn photography … I would be beyond elated & grateful … if I received the gift … opportunity … to learn via Eyes Open Creative Photography e-course! Thank you for this possibility. And thank you Erin, for continuing to be an inspiration to myself & many others!

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  70. Heather on

    For photos, I move between a camera phone and a Canon EOS 70D digital with a EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Currently beginning to build up our small scale florist farm and would love some skills in capturing our work.

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  71. Jodi Horton on

    I purchased a little Cannon sx500 IS a few years back, right before my husband and I vacationed in Alaska. Now we use it on a daily basis to capture moments of our 6 month old baby girl. I would thrilled and so grateful to learn from Erin. Crossing my fingers!!

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  72. sam on

    I use my iPhone more often than I would like, partly because I still don’t know how to properly use my Nikon D90.

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  73. Amanda Jane on

    Hello Erin! I work with my dear friend Jennifer who grows organic flowers on a humble acre in Minnesota. We do custom bouquets for area coops, as well as weddings and events. I’ve been trying to capture the beauty of our work with my iphone6 as I can carry it in my apron from field to studio to shops. I’d love to learn more as I’m a compete novice!!! But love photography almost as much as I love flowers!! Check out the Instagram hashtag #humblepieflowers thank you!!

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  74. Jessa on

    I use my camera phone to take most of my pictures right now which is really sad because I’m not even great at that. i do have a Sony DSLR that I have legit not used in at least a year because I’m overwhelmed by it. I obviously need help.

    Thank you!
    Jessa

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  75. Johanna on

    This course sounds amazing! I use my old iPhone but I’m saving up for a canon rebel t3i.

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  76. Mal on

    This course sounds wonderful! I use a Canon Rebel T3i camera and enjoy taking pictures of our backyard garden and dogs. I would love to learn more and feel more confident in using the camera in manual mode. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

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  77. Leah on

    I have a Canon Rebel T6i that I use for a lot of flower capturing and outdoor photography, however, I really love using my iphone! Either way, any help and tips would be most welcome. When I use both I would say that for every 10 pictures that I take 2 are really great. I would love help on getting that number up :)

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  78. Joan Nekritz on

    I love taking pictures almost as much as I love designing with beautiful flowers. I have a Canon Rebel EOS T3i and love how my pictures turn out for Facebook and my website but know there is so much to learn! I would definitely benefit from this course!

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  79. Faith Anne Pitts on

    I have long been using my iphone to take pictures of my fun floral projects to share on social media. Now that I am turning my hobby into a business I need to take professional photographs to document my portfolio and share on my website. I really want to learn how to use my hubby’s Canon DSLR so I can take great photos. I’ve been on the lookout for a photography class in my area to learn but haven’t had any luck. This online workshop would be the perfect way for me to learn the skills I need to help me launch my business (www.foxandthefleur.com). I would love the opportunity to learn from Erin!

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  80. Alexandra on

    Im using just a camera on my iPhone. All my fancy mechanical cameras are gone. With digital cameras you dont have to wait untill you develop the film to see if you captured the moment. But i do miss magical moments in the dark room.

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  81. Jenny Rae on

    This is so fantastic! Good photos does truly mean everything and the support is so necessary! What a fantastic opportunity! I shoot with a cannon 7d that I don’t reallllly know how to use and for the life of me I have no clue what I am doing for editing!

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  82. Carmen on

    I currently use my iPhone, but just this week purchased the Fuji x100t . I would love help figuring out the settings so I can update all the photos on my flower shop website!

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  83. Sarah O. on

    If we’re talking what I use most, it’s my camera phone because it’s always on me. But I have a hand-me-down Rebel with some quality lenses that I can’t seem to really stop being intimidated by. Would love to get over that!

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  84. Courtenay Johnson on

    I use my little red canon waterproof drop friendly something something. Or my camera phone which i use in selfie mode backwards cause my front lens is scratched from having dirt in my pockets!

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  85. Julian Bland on

    Hi!
    I would love a chance to take this course. I’m a professional gardener and designer, using my iPhone camera mostly, but wanting to do more with my Nikon DSLR

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  86. Rhonda Delaney on

    Inspired by your pictures! iPhone 5 for the most part. Photography has intrigued me for years but I’ve never done anything about it. Love my garden so learning to take beautiful pictures would be awesome.

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  87. Kelly Eva on

    I have never been happy with the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS I purchased about 5 years ago and look forward to upgrading it. I have no big plans for a photography business but would be content with just learning more about capturing life’s precious details (people and posies!!).

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  88. alex h. on

    I use my windows/samung Phone.

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  89. Katie Coughlin on

    I have a cannon EOS Rebel T3i. Would love to get better at taking our farm pictures. So excited for the opportunity to learn.

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  90. Danielle Lehman on

    How cool! Sometimes I shoot with my Canon 60D, but more often I end up shooting with my iPhone 5S for things I spot out in the wild.

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  91. Sharon Sue on

    My number one passion is growing flowers, and I love to try and capture their beauty with photos taken on my Canon Power Shot SX150IS. I get especially frustrated trying to deal with dark and light contrasts (like while flowers against green foliage) so would love to learn more about lighting and whatever causes my camera to not be able to handle those contrasts well.

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  92. Hilary on

    Mostly I take photos on my iPhone but would love some more insight into using my Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. I rarely use it because it is so bulky, but this course would definitely benefit me and my business!

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  93. Jess Shaffer on

    Hello Floret & friends,

    Your farm, flowers and A+ social media presence is a true inspiration to other creatives like myself. As a child I would spend my summers arranging flowers, weeding, rolling in dirt piles, and eating tomatoes off the vine at my grandparent’s two acres in eastern Washington. Getting your hands dirty and feeling the texture of a new leaf is something that brings me so much joy! I had a major career change this last year and started interning at Terra Bella Flowers & Mercantile in Seattle. I finally felt I was where I belonged. I also would spend my weekends working for Nash’s Organic Produce at Seattle farmer’s markets. You could find me making “boukale’s” for our cash register table. My fiancé and I just moved to NYC for him to go back to grad school for library science. I am working on a website for my floral design. Throughout my internship I used my iPhone (which blew out any white flower) and our Canon SL1. Each time I took a photo I would say to myself, “I wish I knew how to work this thing.” To document our time in the city will be exciting, but I am so excited to visit farms, mountains and smaller towns on the east coast. Also finding a job here as a floral designer and really documenting my work how it should be done. Capturing the depth of flowers is not an easy task and I would love Erin to guide me along the way! Thank you for your time and generous give away!

    Jess

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  94. Casey on

    I have a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR which i used to use a lot more. These days the iPhone is easier (and lighter) but I would love to get back into a groove with my DSLR.

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  95. Casey on

    I have a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR that I used to use a lot but find myself using my iphone more and more for easy snaps and of course Instagram! Would love to hone my skills for photographing everything!

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  96. Molly on

    I use my husband’s iPhone but we have a nice Nikon, I just don’t know how to use it! Would love to learn more while I still have flowers (before it frosts). I live in midcoast Maine as well and am just getting my business started.

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  97. Paulina on

    Hello, I am growing florist in Mexico and you are a great inspiration for my work. I can see through your pictures your essence as a farmer florist and as a woman. I would love to take the photo workshop to make the most of my work. I’ve found it challenging to translate my flowers into a photo. They look so natural in real life and sometimes the camera doesn’t make justice. I use either my Iphone 5 or a Nikon D7100. I am incredibly happy when my work comes out as a solid concept, and would like to be able to share my flower journey through my pictures, “Flower Storytelling”. Gracias Floret!

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  98. Evelyn on

    I mostly use my phone camera as that’s what I have carrying around with me, but I do take out my canon rebel DSLR when I know I’m headed to an event where I want higher quality photos. I’m probably not using either to it’s full potential though since my photography training was whatever haphazard trial-and-error experience I’ve come across so far. This course sounds fantastic and I am a lover of flowers! :)

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  99. Adriana Jaime on

    What a generous giveaway! I found a film camera at a yard sale for $3 a few years back and I never would’ve thought it’d start getting me work as a photographer! Though I love film so very much, as I am diving deeper into my own work and needing to shoot recipes I realize it’s not practical to shoot only film, so I am going to be getting a DSLR in the next couple of weeks. Most likely a Canon 5D MarkIII since I have borrowed my friend’s before, but as you said, I’d like to get out of auto and feel comfortable with manual settings on a digital, so I know this course would be so helpful! Keeping my fingers crossed :)

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  100. Kaitlyn on

    I use my iPhone 6 camera all the time and have been looking at various dslr cameras but have no idea what to buy. I would love to know how to use them and figure out what kind of camera I need to take my picture taking to the next level!

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  101. Jeb on

    I use a Canon 60D, and my smart phone. Your blog is simply blooming and beautiful. It’s always a pleasure to visit. And your photography is amazingly creative. I’d love a chance to participate in this course.

    Jen

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  102. Miranda on

    Right now I mostly use my iphone6 camera, but every once in a while I dust off my Nikon D90! Thanks kindly for the chance to win! You are such an inspiration and I will always take any advice you have to offer!

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  103. Stacey Mun on

    I’ve been capturing all my memories with my various iPhone models for the past 6 years, but I’ve been looking to invest in a DSLR and just don’t know enough about cameras yet to make the plunge. It’s such a huge investment! We’re expecting our first baby soon, and I want to be camera-ready! Thanks, Floret! I love your blog and your IG feed!

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  104. Ashley A. on

    I take pictures with my IPhone 5S at the moment. I would LOVE to learn more about photography as I aspire to work more in film. Photography helps you compose scenes and get creative with your surroundings

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  105. Amanda Eastvold on

    I work with a dear friend on her humble half acre in Minnesota. We grow organic flowers and design custom bouquets for local coops and also do events and weddings. We are HUGE fans of Floret and have been following for quite some time. Currently I take all photos with my iPhone 6 since I can carry it easily from field to studio to shops! I’d love an opportunity to learn more about photographing our flowers!! Check out Instagram hashtag #humpieflowers. Thank you!

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  106. Lindsay on

    I use my iPhone 6 because it’s what I always have in my pocket when working on the farm. I’m a diversified farmer in my first year growing flowers as well as vegetables and raising livestock. Our farm is beautiful and I believe in getting people more interested in local food and flowers!!

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  107. Alyssa Wisenbaugh on

    Currently I am using my Canon Rebel T3 with 18-55mm and also iPhone 6. This is a completely generous giveaway and I would be thrilled to learn from Erin!

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  108. Natasha Trifunovic on

    A Canon 70D is what I use (or try to use) to capture great moments & more. I’m a florist with my best friend & currently shoot our work myself. I would love this opportunity to expand what I know about photography to make myself better. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  109. Terri on

    My husband is generously allowing me to use his camera- a Fugi X-E1 (don’t know if that gives sufficient data which shows you how much I need this course in my life). I hope I win, I really would love to capture all the beauty in my life in a way that is respectful, i.e. in-focus. Thank you Erin and Erin for this wonderful opportunity.

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  110. Lindsey on

    I have a sony a300 digital but always end up using my iPhone because it seems less complicated

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  111. Kelly G. on

    There’s a Nikon DSLR in my home, that’s just waiting for someone who knows how to use it’

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  112. Maureen Koth on

    Oh my scrolling down this list of impressive women was a treat ! I’d live to learn more especially when it comes to remembering my work in photos. I use my trusty iPhone at the moment but I know there’s more ! Would love to have the opportunity to find it

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  113. Desi on

    As a teacher, I use a Canon 60D to photograph my kindergarten students and all the adventures they get into. The students use my old Rebal to use to document their own work. I would like to improve my own understanding of the camera so I can help myself and my students take better pictures!

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  114. Jessie on

    Oh wow – I would LOVE help in this department!! I use my iPhone for most images and sometimes I’ll borrow my husband’s DSLR that I’m not really sure how to use! :)

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  115. Caitlin on

    I use an iPhone 6 and a canon body with a 50mm 1.4 lens.

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  116. Pook P. on

    I use my iPhone for general occasion and Canon G10 for special event.

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  117. Tricia on

    IPAD, IPHONE, Taking pics of hair at work. For our IG, Would love to get better! :)

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  118. Hannah Ross on

    Every day taking time to wonder, to capture the beauty that surrounds us.. that’s as far as I’ve gotten in answering Mary Oliver’s question: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?” Every day my answer evolves. But the loss of my Mother has driven me to prioritize my answer to this question daily– to live out the force of this question through floral design, painting, teaching nature-inspired arts to children, and taking more time to document the world as I see it. A photography class at this critical stage of creative growth would be an incredible boost. Thanks for your support of emerging artists, Floret!

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  119. Lina on

    Right now, I’m using my iPhone6 camera. This class looks great, thank you for letting me know about it. We are new to flower farming and its amazing how much the pictures matter.

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  120. Yelena Shumakova on

    I’ve been self learning on my Nikon D3600. I get some great photos, but also a ton of not so great photos. I’d love to be able to get a more formal training on the camera so that I get more of the great photos (and less of the not so great ones!) I also use my phone, Samsung Galaxy S4. Photos are ok, but definitely not as great as with the DSLR. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  121. Sophie on

    I have a lovely Canon 5D. It would like to meet an owner with half clue about composition and light!

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  122. Angie on

    I need to up my game! I use my phone for daily pictures around the farm but I’m making it a goal to start documenting more frequently using my Nikon D5200.

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  123. Kyler M on

    I mostly use my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone camera, but I have been eyeing a Canon Rebel at Costco for months! If I win this I would splurge and buy it for sure! We would love to take our flower farm/ blog/ social media presence to the next level. Thank you Erin and Erin!

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  124. Jen on

    This would be so amazing! I have a canon 7d that I basically use just to take pictures of my kids. I think they would love it if I stretched myself to take pictures of something else (ha!) but I can definitely use some instruction in composition (as well as a refresher on the technical stuff!).

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  125. Danette on

    I mostly just use my iPhone 6 at this point. We also have a Nikon dslr but I’m not very good with it. Would love to get better flower photos.

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  126. Elizabeth Ann on

    I LOVE looking at pictures of your beautiful flowers, the images are like little daydreams for someone who lives in a cold climate. I tried to grow some sweet peas and dahlias this summer – I have a few blooms. I would love to visit the farm someday, it would be such a treat to see that bounty of blooms. Your social media is fantastic and I look forward to seeing your images every day. So, thank you for what you do.
    I shoot an entry-level Canon, DSLR, and I take many of the images for the store where I work so I am, like you, always trying to find interesting stories to tell in my photos. I am excited to learn about this class!

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  127. Yana on

    Nikon D80. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  128. Heather on

    Mostly I use my iPhone camera – out of convenience because I always have it with me! I’ve always loved playing around with my dad’s Pentax cameras though (both film and DSLR) but can’t seem to bite the bullet to buy one for myself. If I felt more confident in my skills, like after taking a course, I might change my mind though! :)

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  129. Yana on

    Nikon D80. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  130. Andrea on

    I experimented with flower farming this year, and plan to expand next year. I use the camera on my iphone5.

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  131. Nele on

    My iphone camera gets a daily workout since it’s always with me. Otherwise, I use a Canon 5D. I would love to get a weekly tutorial on how to better utilize my camera, especially from someone who creates such beautiful images.

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  132. Kristen on

    What an awesome opportunity! I shoot with a my iphone 85% of the time and I also have Nikon D90 I would love to start using more. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  133. Lanette on

    I would love some help developing my photographic eye. I use my iPhone 5S for most of my pictures, it’s always there in my pocket and handy for snapping pictures. I have such a hard time capturing the beauty of the flowers we grow.

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  134. Louise on

    Nikon D5300. This course would be a dream. I have attended a few mini workshops, but they have a tendency to review too much in too short a time. As an e-course, this would afford me ample opportunity to review the lesson/discussion at my speed. Perfect! In fact, I have read about this course on your blog before, I was debating whether or not I could afford this and whether it would actually be different. Thank you for the chance to win!!

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  135. Maisie on

    I have a Canon Rebel XS DSLR i got in 2009, before that i was film photography all the way! I took photo courses in high school with film and ever since switching to digital as an adult i have been kinda winging it! I’m a flower-florist in california and am always shooting our flowers, would love to do it better!

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  136. Stefanie H. on

    I use a plain old Fuji camera. Thanks for the give-away Floret!

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  137. Holly dickens on

    hi. I use my iPad. I love the large screen format, the sharp image, and the editing tools associated with iPhoto. However, I have a farming, growing, travel, sailing, whatever I want blog, and photography skills – finding the interesting angle, or the story, or the light – seem pretty gosh darn essential. I would adore to attend this class. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  138. Meghan Moorlach on

    Hi! I have a Canon Rebel T3, I switch between that and my iPhone. I’m a Photo Director by trade, but would love to learn more about being an actual Photographer!

    xoxo

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  139. Carla on

    I have a Nikon D3100 DSLR and although I’ve used it sporadically over the last couple of years, I’m still not real comfortable with how it all works. I would LOVE to take the course! I enjoy photographing my garden, closeups of pollinators and flowers, as well as the cattle on our farm. Of course I love photographing my family, as well!

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  140. Jenny Freeman on

    Hi Erin. I’d love to take the course if I ended up with photos like yours!
    I use a Canon EOS 60D (badly!). Thanks

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  141. Laurie on

    I have a Nikon 7000 and would love to explore all that it offers and get out of “auto” mode.

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  142. Jaime on

    When I was young my grandfather gave me a nice camera, it was one of his old ones. It was film, and I never really learned to use it to it’s potential due to the cost of developing, but it really sparked a passion for photography. I enjoyed capturing moments in life with my family until it broke. After about 15 years of using a point and shoot, my husband and children bought me a wonderful DSLR, and I have since enjoyed learning to use it since. I currently shoot with a Canon Mark III, and am thrilled to be learning new things all the time to creatively capture life.

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    • Jaime on

      Oops, I missed part of the camera description in my comment. It is a Canon 5D Mark III.

  143. chris bouchard on

    What a wonderful and generous giveaway! As a recent (and local, Whatcom County) follower I’ve so enjoyed seeing and reading about flower farming and all the beautiful flowers you grow and use. Improving my photo skills and getting over my fear of manual mode would be fantastic! My baby is a Nikon 3200. ~chris

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  144. Hannah on

    My boyfriend has a canon rebel dslr that he used for a while until it broke. I brought it to a shop and got it fixed up and have been trying to learn how to use it properly! I’ve been on a quest for a macro lens to take close-up flower pictures – my favorite kind!

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  145. Michele Christiano on

    I am using my iphone now but I am looking to purchase a dslr in the near future.

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  146. Ali on

    I’ve only been using my iphone’s camera but I’d love to try and use my real camera again!

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  147. Nicole Wertheimer on

    Thank you, Erin for this offer. I’m excited to take this course. I need to raise my confidence taking pictures both of my floral work and shots of the designer’s work who I work with as a freelancer. I use a Canon PowerShot S95 and my phone, Samsung Galaxy. This opportunity would mean a great deal to me.

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  148. Corinne Hansch on

    I just got a Nikon DSLR for my farm farm business, and it makes such a difference to have a professional camera. Now I just need to learn more about photography! Would love to do this course, mostly because it would mean a little time each week to work on something for myself.

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  149. Kristin Borst on

    Canon 7D and my iPhone. I’ve been obsessed with my 85mm lately.

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  150. Lisa on

    Oh wow I would absolutely love to win this e-course. You see I purchased my very first DSLR canon last year and I’m still stuck on auto mode! I would love to learn how to use it properly.
    I’m still quite new to your blog, and honestly, what captured my attention, and what sets you apart from the rest are your absolutely beautiful photographs. Just amazing.

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  151. Siri Jones on

    Thanks for all the gorgeous and inspiring photos….sure makes me want to get out there more with a camera!! Mostly I use my iPhone 5c and a Nikon D5000 that is a bit of a mystery to me! Thanks again!

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  152. Jenny on

    I use my Apple phone. I don’t have any expensive equipment. I take so many shots of my garden it is almost a sickness. :). Would love to know more about capturing the beauty in the world.

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  153. Killoran Moore on

    I use my phone for most photos (mother of a toddler) these days, but I use my Canon 60D regularly and have no trouble catching up!

    It was really great to learn more about the course through this interview! Thanks Erin (B&L!

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  154. Jillian McFadyen on

    When I am out on the farm I use my iPhone because it is the best to carry while harvesting. However when the light is right and there is actually time I love to pull out my cannon!

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  155. Carolyn Thompson on

    I use my iPhone 6 way too much…….but it’s always in my pocket and ready to use at a moment’s notice. I’ve had a Nikon D50 SLR for years – LOVE IT – so when I’m organized (not often) I drag that out – It’s an old school digital camera now but I love the weight of it – maybe because I am not carrying it around all day!

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  156. Tamara on

    Thank you for inspiring this 57 year young grandma (maw)! I can almost smell the flowers from your pictures! & I live in Texas! I have been photographing my
    Life with an iPhone 5 & iPad, but, have an OLD Pentax that hasn’t seen daylight in a while (like 20 years). I would love to dust it off, learn how to operate & really use it (as you have) to motivate others to make their “air castle” a reality.
    Thank you, again, for sharing your life with us!

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  157. Greta Jankoviak on

    I would love to win this opportunity! I definitely need to improve my photography skills of my flower arrangements, farm and knitting projects. I usually use my cell phone for quick everyday photos, but sometimes I try my boyfriend’s Olympus camera.

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  158. Ariana on

    My camera got dust inside the lenses from all the time in the greenhouse earlier this season, so I had to stop using it. This forced me to start learning how to take great shots with my iPhone. I am getting a lot better as the season progresses and I practice taking shots in field and of arrangements in my design space. I hope to be able to invest in a better camera in the next year so that I can keep working on my photography skills.

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  159. Justine Muench on

    I live in SE Alaska and have gardened here for close to 40 years. It can be quite a challenge! I recently was diagnosed with cancer and gardening and weeding( yep lots of that) have kept me going along with friends and family. It would be a joy to learn to photograph gardens anywhere . I like the idea of an e course as I will be traveling this September to Hawaii for my daughters wedding! I use an iPhone and Nikon 1J1 and not very well?thank you Justine

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  160. Annie on

    Great giveaway, thank you for the chance to win. I read Erin’s blog and love her photography. I mostly use a Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 and I am also enjoying getting to grips with the camera on my new iPhone 6 plus.

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  161. Nikki on

    I love taking photos and this would be a great opportunity to learn more. I mainly use my iphone camera because it’s always there when I’m working in the field but when I plan a shoot I use my DLSR. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  162. Allison Rodgers on

    This course would be a dream come true for me! I would be sooo grateful to be offered this opportunity. ;-) I currently photograph weekly for florist, where I post on FB & Instagram. I am also researching/looking to start my own small flower farm…so excited & inspired by your work, site & gift of knowledge. Thank You! I currently photograph with a Pentax K100 (gift from my Dad) + my Samsung Android phone. Looking to upgrade both as well as my photography skills…Thank you again for the opportunity! Allison

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  163. Bronwyn on

    I majored in photography back when darkrooms were de rigueur, but have limped along with “snappy” digital cameras for far too long. I recently splurged on a Sony A6000 (I’ve taken less than 50 pics!) and would love to awaken the creativity and love I once had for the art. This course sounds like fun!

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  164. Chloe M. on

    I have a Nikon d750 which I love, love, love but I’d like to learn how to take some really lovely photos with it!

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  165. Loretta Ball on

    I need this course! I have a NikonD7100 and it just gets pulled out of the closet when we go to the beach! I usually use my i phone to take everyday pictures of my kids and flowers. Thanks for this opportunity!!!

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  166. Angelina Norris on

    I am currently using a Panasonix LUMIX to capture images of family and friends but would love to capture some great pictures of floral arrangements and gain some insight on outdoor photography and lighting! Pick me Floret! [email protected]

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  167. Kelly on

    I mostly use my iPhone 5 camera to take photos of my garden and my family, but I also own a Canon EOS Rebel XS, which I haven’t used much since I’ve had my iPhone. I’ve always wanted to learn more about my Canon, so this course would be awesome! Thank you for your fun and generous giveaways!

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  168. Jen Zimmerman on

    I would be thrilled to win a spot in this e-course. I mostly use my iPhone 5 now but still pull out my Canon Rebel from time to time. I have often wondered what I might be able to accomplish if I actually new what I was doing! Thank you for this opportunity.

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  169. Morgan Gardner on

    I use my Iphone 6 and a Canon Digital Rebel T3i. I love photography but I’ve allowed grad school and a full-time job to interfere with taking as many photos as I used to. I would love this course to jump-start my passion once again!

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  170. Cheryl on

    I use my I phone 5 it takes great pictures of my gardens and my Ikebana arrangements!!!!

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  171. Vikki Marriott on

    Hi Erin, I’m a newbie flower farmer florist from the UK (hope it’s still okay to apply)? The ever so supportive Mr M, bought a Sony Alpha 58 earlier this year in the hope that he can capture Mulberry House Flowers’ journey, allowing me to post beautiful images to my blog. I would love to be able to give him the opportunity to study the creative photography course. Many thanks
    Vikki Marriott
    Mulberry House Flowers

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  172. Sarah on

    I use a Canon EOS 20D and desperate for an upgrade but knowing how to use it better would help!

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  173. Anna Taylor on

    I use a Canon 1000D with a 50mm lens mostly for photographing my floral work. I am slowly improving and entered this competition last time too but would so love to afford this course. I feel sure it’s how we present our work through marketing that conveys the quality of flowers and atmosphere we want to evoke. This course would be a game changer for me.

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  174. Cat on

    I have a sweet little Canon Rebel that I use to help capture my artwork and life around me. I would love to really polish my skills, they’re very self taught and I could use some guidance!

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  175. Trina Coombes on

    I have a Samsung compact zoom which I am trying to master !

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  176. Libby on

    What a wonderful and inspirational course – as a florist I really love the idea of content specifically to help us photograph our great floral materials and designs. I currently use my phone – a Samsung Galaxy – and I am pleased with the general quality but am considering investing in a DLSR in the not-too-distant future, I hope, when I have saved up!

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  177. Kirsten on

    Oooo…How grand would this be!
    I mostly have used a Canon Rebel T3i but I just recently upped my ante by making the leap to a Canon 6d. This is the year it becomes real!

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  178. Marsha M. on

    Hi! I just bought a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR camera. I bought the camera so I can begin to build my portfolio and website for my budding floral design business. It would be perfect timing and a dream come true to take this course and to learn to shoot my own gorgeous and professional looking photos. Thanks for the opportunity to submit!

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  179. Anna Moule on

    I would so love to take this course! After years of taking photos on my IPhone I have finally saved up and just this week bought a new camera, a Canon EOS 700D with an 18-55mm lense. I’ve spent so much money in the past paying photographers to capture my work, I’d love to be able to photograph my own floral designs and creative projects so I can add images to my website like this; https://m.facebook.com/Shesblossomed/photos/pb.1486888018193798.-2207520000.1440618444./1536723766543556/?type=1&source=42

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    • Anna Moule on

      (Photo is taken by Kate Grewal Photography – she is my inspiration) :)

  180. Claire Elizabeth on

    A generous offer at the perfect time! I am currently taking a florist course and have been taking lacklustre photos of my work all week. After working as a consultant for the last decade, I took the plunge, quit my job and am now studying Floristry. I am thrilled to be connecting with my creative side and sharing my work with friends and family across the globe would be such a gift. Good luck to everyone who enters! xx

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  181. Stacy on

    I sell flowers at farmer’s markets and am itching to take it to the next level as farmer-florist. I know I have to have a web presence to make this happen, and on the web, photography is everything. My camera is an Olympus VH-210, and yes, it is always on “auto.”

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  182. Anna Moule on

    Hi Erin,

    After years of taking photos on my I Phone I have saved up and just this week bought my very first camera; a Canon EOS 700D with an 18-55mm lense. I’m very excited to learn how to use it and to finally be able to take photos of my floral work! I’ve spent a lot of money in the past paying professional photographers to capture my work and I hope soon I will be able to add photos to my website that I have taken myself.
    Anna x

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  183. Laura on

    I would love to win a spot in the E-Course. I have an old Sony DSC-H2 that I use to take photos. I’ve tried playing around with it but no matter what I do, my photos just don’t have the right look. Thanks for offering this!
    blessings
    ~*~

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  184. Melody Downie on

    I am currently using my dated Iphone, so really do need to update my skills as to what camera is suitable and of course capturing the right light on flower blooms. I am just starting out as a floral artist and find your flowers and your photography amazing – truly inspiring. Living in New Zealand we are fortunate to have the four seasons, and feel this ecourse would be just the ticket to help me move forward in my dreams as an artist. Thank you :)

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  185. Rebeccah on

    I have an LG G3 that I use to take photos. It has been a huge upgrade from my iphone 3. I take photos daily for social media/portfolio as well as photo journaling for ourselves.

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  186. Mia on

    This course looks amazing! I have an iphone and a Canon rebel t2i. The Canon has so many settings that I’d love to learn, but don’t know where to start! I love the idea of learning these skills from someone with a similar aesthetic, which will make all of the exercises so much more applicable to my life and work!

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  187. olen on

    Please, please pick me! I am currently just using my iphone but we’re starting a farm and I’d like to get a blog up soon. I feel this course would be the perfect boost to my photography mindset. All the best, all the time!

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  188. Anna Mather on

    I borrow my mother in laws ‘posh’ camera which is a Nikon DSLR, I would love to splash out on my own. A course like this would give me the confidence to invest in my own special camera. I use my iPhone at times when I have not snuck hers!!

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  189. Diane on

    I’m running a blog for both food and garden. I have heck of a time outside on manual settings with my canon rebel 5ti. I can make a shot sometimes but it’s rare to get the settings correct on manual so i often use auto, which also doesn’t do the shots justice. I often use my iphone 6 plus outdoors because it’s quick. I’m getting better at photography and really want to conquer the photo technical world this year and learn how to get the right shots to really enhance what we do here. I’d love to join this course! Thanks for giving me this chance!

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  190. Meg on

    Yes, please! I’m using my Samsung 5 phone to take pics and it doesn’t do my flower arrangements any justice! :(. I would love the opportunity to take this course! Thanks so much!! :)

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  191. Laurraine Rakes on

    I have a small flower farm called Sunflower~City and I have taken thousands of photographs of flowers with my Canon PowerShot SB/IS. This camera takes beautiful photos and if I am not using the macro setting then it is normally on auto setting and I always tell people it was the flowers that made the photograph. Finding Floret Flower Farm this year has really saved me in keeping the dream alive! Reading her blog and resources page has helped point me in the right direction and reading about her struggles of keeping her dream alive has really motivated me to keep going forth planting smiles with seed and sunshine!!! Thank you!

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  192. Naly Jasengnou on

    I currently use my phone lol. I use Instagram the most to capture my flowers and family moments. Now I’m really excited to enter!! Thank you for this opportunity!!

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  193. Desi on

    I know that practice is the key to improving my photography skills. I would love to do that with an e-course. I use my iphone 5 the most, but I have a Nikon consumer grade DSLR that’s collecting dust.

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  194. Sherry Donnelly on

    Been designing for 14 years now and do my best with my Samsung Galaxy 5. Social media is such a huge part of my marketing toolbox and I would love to learn how to present my images in a more beautiful manner!
    Thank you Erin for the opportunity!!
    Sherry
    Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio
    XO

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  195. Allison on

    I usually take photos with my phone because it’s so much easier to upload them, but I also have a Nikon D90 that is fun to work with when I want to get a little more serious. Thanks for the opportunity! It is so challenging for me to capture the beauty of arrangements in a photo.

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  196. Libby Johns on

    This is Libby again! I did not add that I use a Pentax camera for large projects and LGG3 for instagram!

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  197. Fiona Allen on

    Eek! So exciting!
    I use two cameras…a fancy Nikon and, a not so fancy Samsung Note 4 … both are perfect for different situations and light etc … I’d love to attend the workshop! Have a blooming fabulous day xx

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  198. Amanda Muis Brown on

    I love my Nikon D-40! It is my first digital camera and I’ve have had it for about 8 years. I use it so much to photograph my life and our farm, but sometimes I wish I knew a little more. You know what I mean?

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  199. Marie Hartway on

    I currently use a Canon EOS Rebel XTi. I started out a photo major in college but was unable to finish my last year because of lack of money. I intended to go back and finish but life happened and I became a wife and mother of 3. I mostly photograph for myself but I have also done senior pictures, photos of engagements and weddings for family and friends over the years. I am always trying to learn more and maybe finally make it a career. I would really love to take this course!

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  200. Jennifer Ladd on

    So generous as always Erin! We use a Cannon Rebel. I can’t offer more model detail being that’s how long it has been put away because I cringe every time I think of using it.

    The timing of this class could not be any more clandestine being that I am in the throws of crafting my website and logo and was coached that I need photos to populate it and curate my portfolio.

    I have followed you with great admiration for the last couple of years and you have given me the inspiration, courage and wit to have made the leap to follow my passion of flowers while bringing smiles to others. I am in the fledgling stages of infrastructure on both the farm and business side of this new venture as a farmer-florist.

    This class would certainly give us the confidence and professionalism we lack in our photography tool belt and hopefully allow us to capture the beauty on our farm and our floral creations.

    Many thank yous for your continuous generosity!
    Cheers, Jen

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  201. Sarah on

    I would love to win this workshop! I am needing a boost! I currently shoot with a canon 5dmark2 and a 7d.

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  202. Nancy Tucker on

    I have a Canon 6D. I would LOVE to win a seat in this course, I am sure it would help me immensely. Thanks for the chance!!

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  203. Erin on

    A few years ago when I first started my business, I invested in a Canon 5D Mark ii. It’s the only camera I’ve ever had. I tend to jump in with two feet! Since then I have tried to use it, but I’m really intimidated as I’m such a visual learner and I need things to be explained multiple times when it comes to mechanics and technology. I signed up for an advanced lighting class at a local gallery since it was the only class available, but it was too over my head and most of my pictures came out blurry!! I would really love to hone my photography skills because I think it would improve and inform my design work. I also think it could open up new doors for me to incorporate more fashion and interesting folks into my flower “backdrops”. I see so many interesting and lovely people and places everyday where I live, and it would be so fun to combine these elements with my flowers. I love the town I live in, Burlington (VT) and I think photography would help give my brand and my work more of a context to my viewers and a sense of place & origin.

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  204. Lauren on

    My sister and I are starting a new venture into flower farming. Time to step up our blogging and photography game. Both Floret and Eyes Open have a photography style I would love to emulate. By the way, are the Floret farms always cast in a dreamy golden light – sure appears so online at least:)

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  205. Jamie Sammons on

    I seriously struggle with photography every day of my floral career. I have a DSLR but unfortunately I only know how to use it in AUTO and I guess that is the worst you can do with it! So I stopped but I struggled with it so much and just started using my iPhone. This is the one thing I want to do for myself and for my business. I want to become a better photographer and capture all the beautiful moments and creations that happen on my farm on a daily basis. I feel it will help me succeed and capture my clients attention if I just had the right pictures. I also struggle on what things I should be spending my money on right now. Money is tight and I’d love to jump right in on all these photography classes but I find myself spending it on tools and equipment to upkeep the farm. I would love an opportunity to take this class!

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  206. Rachelle Clark on

    I’ve been using my Samsung Galaxy phone this summer, mostly cause it’s easier to have on me while I’m in the field. Would love to upgrade, both my skills and my camera! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  207. Cori on

    What an amazing opportunity! By night I photograph for several online shops, by day I work as a graphic designer where I often do the photography and by dream I’m an event designer where I love to capture my events. I use my Canon T3i DSLR for everything and I always love learning new ways to capture fabulous shots. I’m sure this would help my path to success… in all my adventures!

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  208. Briana on

    Canon 60D. Would LOVE to be gifted this class to better my photography skills for my business galleries! I made the investment in the camera and kinda just learn as I go! Professional guidance would be awesome! Love your flower farm & family Erin!

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  209. Libby Johns on

    I love Floret and seeing the beautiful pictures of the farm and flowers! I am a marketing student and work at a flower farm and event venue. This semester I am taking off to help more at the farm with marketing and I would love to be able to work through this course while I have time!

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  210. Terry on

    I have been grateful for the technology built into the iPhone since becoming a mother and continually desiring a 3rd arm. I am a lover of medicinal flowers and herbs with a desire to capture their wild beauty! Sometimes the only chance I get is to pull out the phone to capture the perfect moment singlehandedly while doing something else. The filters are fabulous. Would love to have some insight into how to better capture the beauty of the world around me.

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  211. Elizabeth on

    What a wonderful prize! I would love to win this as I’ve never taken a single class on photography or camera use. I’ve learned by trial and error. I have a Nikon D7100 but have also been using my iPhone 6 for every day photos. Thanks for offering this! Liz http://www.4evermysweetpea.com

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  212. Mariam Diaby on

    I use a Canon Eos D40 that I’ve had for years, the camera is old but still has a great potential. Not having great pictures of my work is stopping me from launching my web page and other promotional material that is essential to promoting my business. I have also been using my cell a lot, it’s a iphone 5c I use a lot of the editing features to improve the pictures I take. Learning to take better pictures is a key element for me right now. Fingers crossed! :)

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  213. Molly Bengtson on

    I have a Canon Rebel T3i that I purchased earlier this year. I would love to take this e-course to learn how to take wonderful pictures rather than just ho-hum pictures. Fingers crossed!!!

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  214. sharon weatherly on

    I use my moto e cell phone camera a lot because I like to video the flowers and butterflies as well, however I also use a fugi finepix s, but it has so many options to use and I just don’t understand how to use them. I want to start a blog about nature and growing flowers and vegetables and being able to take this course and learn how to take better pictures and use my camera to the fullest potential would be a dream.

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  215. Selina Ramsden on

    I use a Nikon D7000. I would love the opportunity. Thanks!

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  216. Kailla Platt on

    I would LOVE to take this course. I currently use my IPhone 6 and a Fuji digital. I am in the market for a new DSLR and this course would certainly light the fire!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  217. Janis Harris on

    I have a Nikon D3000, I bought it when my 1st child was born, he turned 5 this year. I have taken thousands of pictures on it but never ventured off of the auto setting. I really want to learn how to really use it and take it to its potential.

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  218. Kelly H on

    I would love to win a seat! I use a Sony a6000 and my iPhone.

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  219. lisa on

    ohh! i’ve dreamed about this course since you first brought it to my attention! i use my beloved canon dslr and my iphone to capture life.

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  220. Heather on

    I use my iPhone and Canon Rebel. I would love to win this e-course! My pictures of my garden never come out how I envision them, so I would love to learn more!

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  221. Ana G on

    It would be so great to win this course. I tried to study myself but I want to take my photos to the next level. I try to photograph the flower bouquets I make with my Sony A7 camera.

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  222. May on

    I would love to win this for my daughter. She is a Pediatrick nurse who dreams of being a flower farmer! She uses a nikon (not sure which model) and takes the most amazing photographs of her three children and the beautiful east coast where she lives You can check out her pics on instagram at erinms22

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  223. Karen on

    I am the flower farmer and my 16 year old daughter is the photographer who recently purchased a Canon EOS 70D. Would love to inspire her to take more pictures of my flowers!!!

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  224. Sarah Waldow on

    Canon Rebel … This would be a gift for my 15 year old daughter, a budding photographer ;-)

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  225. Ana G on

    I would love to win this course, so that I can take better pictures of the bouquets I make. I have a Sony A7 that I do not know how to use at full capacity, so the course would be great for me.

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  226. Sophie on

    I use my iphone 5 most of the time, but WISH I used my Nikon D500 more. Its such a nice camera and I can kind of use it in manual….kind of…. Id love to be able to capture my new mini flower farm, arrangements, and cute as a button baby boy beautifully.
    xsx

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  227. Sharon on

    I would love to gain more camera skills. Right now I mainly use my iPhone camera.

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  228. Anna on

    I have a Nikon which I love but when I’m out and about I use a Leica which can’t be beat for portability! Thank you!

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  229. Zane Schwaiger on

    I would love the opportunity to take this course! I use a Nikon D7100. I love my camera but I have so much to learn . . . espeically using the camera in manual mode. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  230. Only Flowers on

    What an amazing prize ! I have iPhone to take pictures to use on my blog

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  231. Jeanie Caggiano on

    I mostly use my iPhone 6 these days. I used to have a Contax film SLR with Zeiss lenses. But it got stolen years ago and nothing has taken pictures like that since. I’ve tried some other digital SLRs, but the convenience of the iPhone just outweighs it. Erin Wallace, you have a great eye. Would love to learn from you.

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  232. Karina on

    I use my iPhone 5s most these days. I miss my slr and hope to upgrade soon to a dslr. I could you some inspiration and guidance for building my floral portfolio. Thank you!

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  233. Kelly on

    Its usually my phone these days.

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  234. Whitney on

    I’m really only using my iPhone camera currently. My DSLR used to get so much love and now they’re both sitting idle. I could use some inspiration.

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  235. Sarah Pabody on

    We use iphone 4…. looking to upgrade to dslr as soon as possible. <3

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  236. Cathie on

    Wow, what an amazing prize this would be. I usually use my iPhone to capture moments, as it’s usually always with me. However recently I dusted off my Nikon D5000 to take on a 4 week trip to Nepal – I had forgotten how much I enjoy looking through a lense and loved using it for landscape shots, I just wish I knew how to use all the settings as I mainly used it on it’s automatic settings the whole time.
    Good luck everyone :)

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  237. Vanessa Knock on

    This is a great opportunity. I live on the coast of Nova Scotia. I take pictures of my flowers, flowers belonging to others, the ocean, interesting people, and even road kill. I have often wondered what all these settings are for and marvel when others take such great pictures with their cameras. I have a Canon powershot, SX 500 IS.

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  238. Leslie on

    I loved this course! Take it. I learned so much and now have more confidence taking and getting the shot I want.

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  239. Lynn on

    I would absolutely love to win one of the registrations to the next course!! I have a Nikon DSLR and a new Sony that I use to capture closeups of my flowers and amusing myself capturing the hummingbirds at the feeder. It would definitely be a great thing to up my skills. Thank you for offering!!

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  240. Heather on

    I would LOVE to grow my photography skills with Erin’s e-course! I am an intermittent blogger, and have just started a small container garden outside of my little studio cottage. I use a Canon Rebel EOS to take most of many of my photos, but often also just use my iPhone. I struggle with capturing my plants in nice photographs… I have been wanting to learn more about photography outside of the world of portraits and wide-open landscapes. What a treat this would be! :)

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  241. Pauline on

    I would love to win a place for this course! I use my DSLR to document the flowers in my garden, mostly dahlias at the moment. I take pictures to use on my blog and I think I could definitely benefit from Erin’s expertise! Fingers crossed!

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  242. Kate Brunson on

    I’m a brand new floral designer learning EVERYTHING as I go. I use my iphone6 camera because I wouldn’t even know how to shop for a real camera!

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  243. Leslie H. on

    Hi! I use an Olympus OM-D E-5 (I got it as a birthday present and am still figuring it out). I’d be so happy to join the e-course!

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  244. Cheryl on

    I have a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera that was purchased shortly after my son was born. So many settings, so little time!

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